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The Evolution of Senescence in the Tree of Life

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A complete volume showing different perspectives on the evolution of senescence and promoting inter-disciplinary understanding and communication
Brings together differing views on the evolution of senescence from biologists across the discipline, ensuring that readers gain a broad view of the topic and its controversies
Combines research from various scientific fields on many different species, giving readers the opportunity to see the current limits of our knowledge on the subject and what the next steps could possibly be

By: Richard P Shefferson (Editor), Owen R Jones (Editor), Roberto Salguero-Gómez (Editor)

51 b/w illustrations, 16 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | 2017 | #232453 | ISBN-13: 9781107078505
Available for pre-order: Due Feb 2017 Details
NHBS Price: £59.99 $73/€67 approx

About this book

The existing theory on the evolution of senescence assumes that because ageing is inevitable in humans, this must be the case for all organisms. However, recent studies have shown that this is not necessarily true. A better understanding of senescence and its underlying mechanisms could have far-reaching consequences for conservation and eco-evolutionary research. The Evolution of Senescence in the Tree of Life is the first to offer interdisciplinary perspectives on the evolution of senescence in many species, setting the stage for further developments. It brings together new insights from a wide range of scientific fields and cutting-edge research done on a multitude of different animals, plants and microbes, giving the reader a complete overview of recent developments and of the controversy currently surrounding the topic. Written by specialists from a variety of disciplines, The Evolution of Senescence in the Tree of Life is a valuable source of information for graduates and researchers interested in ageing and life history traits and populations.


1. Introduction: wilting leaves and rotting branches: reconciling evolutionary perspectives on senescence Richard P. Shefferson, Owen R. Jones and Roberto Salguero-Gómez

Part I. Theory of Senescence:
2. The disposable soma theory - origins and evolution Thomas B. L. Kirkwood
3. A Hamiltonian demography of life history Michael R. Rose, Lee F. Greer, Kevin H. Phung, Grant A. Rutledge, Mark A. Phillips, Christian N. K. Anderson and Laurence D. Mueller
4. Senescence, selection gradients, and mortality Hal Caswell and Esther Shyu
5. Taxonomic diversity, complexity, and the evolution of senescence Alan A. Cohen

Part II. Senescence in Animals:
6. Evolutionary demography of the human mortality profile Oskar Burger
7. Senescence in mammalian life history traits Jean-Michel Gaillard, Michael Garratt and Jean-François Lemaître
8. Avian escape artists? Patterns, processes and costs of senescence in wild birds Sandra Bouwhuis and Oscar Vedder
9. The evolution of senescence in nature Andre Furness and David Reznick
10. Explaining extraordinary lifespans: the proximate and ultimate causes of differential lifespan in social insects Eric Lucas and Laurent Keller
11. Senescence in modular animals - botryllid ascidians as a unique ageing system Baruch Rinkevich
12. Hydra: evolutionary and biological mechanisms for non-senescence Ralf Schaible, Felix Ringelhan, Boris H. Kramer and Alexander Scheuerlein

Part III. Senescence in Plants:
13. Physiological and biochemical processes related to ageing and senescence in plants Maurizio Mencuccini and Sergi Munné-Bosch
14. The evolution of senescence in annual plants: the importance of phenology and the potential for plasticity Liana T. Burghardt and C. Jessica E. Metcalf
15. Demographic senescence in herbaceous plants Johan P. Dahlgren and Deborah A. Roach
16. Complex life histories and senescence in plants: avenues to escape age-related decline? Jennifer Gremer, Satu Ramula, Bård Pedersen, Elizabeth Crone, Peter Lesica, Anne Jäkäläniemi and Juha Tuomi

Part IV. Senescence in Microbes:
17. Why some fungi senescence and others don't: an evolutionary perspective on fungal senescence Marc F. P. M. Maas, Alfons J. M. Debets, Bas J. Zwaan and Anne D. van Diepeningen
18. Yeast ageing: reproduction strategies determine the longevity of budding and fission yeasts Tomasz Bilinski and Renata Zadrag-Tecza
19. Organismal senescence in plant-fungal symbioses Richard P. Shefferson and Charles C. Cowden

Part V. Senescence across the Tree of Life:
20. Life history trade-offs modulate the speed of senescence Roberto Salguero-Gómez and Owen R. Jones

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